How video games can help us hack the human brain

Examining the brain in real-time

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Technology is really a marvel. So often, as new advances come out that allow us to do things that were thought impossible in the past, we hear the phrase “The future is now.” Popular Science and XPRIZE are teaming up to explore and explain technologies like these in a video series called Future First.

Episode thirteen of Future First is titled “Brain Hacking With Video Games.” In it, we take a look at how new technologies—including virtual reality—help us to track activity within the human brain in real time, how different experiences affect different parts of the brain, and how we can use that information to further our knowledge of the mind. Helping to lead the discussion is Adam Gazzaley, MD, PhD., director of the Gazzaley Lab at the UCSF Neuroscience Imaging Center.